Visit Milton Keynes and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, is mid-way between Birmingham and London. In the 1960s, the Government made plans for some new towns in the South East to relieve housing congestion in London. The village of Milton Keynes was chosen to be one of these to encompass Bletchley, Stony Stratford and Wolverton.
The Milton Keynes area has a rich history, going back to the Bronze Age. The farmland and undeveloped villages were subject to detailed archaeological investigation before construction was to begin on the enlarged Milton Keynes. This provided a unique historical insight.
The development of the new town's layout was planned according to street hierarchy principles, using a grid pattern of approximately 1 km interval, rather than on the more usual radial pattern. Major roads within the new town run between communities, rather than through them, known locally as grid roads. Roundabout junctions were built at intersections since the grid roads were intended to carry large volumes of traffic.
The original design guidance decreed that "no building shall be taller than the tallest tree". However, the height restriction has now been lifted to allow 'landmark buildings'. As a result, 14-storey buildings are now being built in the town centre. The flood plains of the Great Ouse and of its tributaries have been protected as linear parks that run right through the city. The original design concept was for a "forest city". Today the urban area has 20 million trees.
The historical settlements, in brief:
- Bletchley was first recorded in the 12th century as Blechelai. It expanded to absorb the villages of Water Eaton and Fenny Stratford. During World War II, British, Polish and American cryptographers at Bletchley Park broke a large number of Axis codes and ciphers, including the German Enigma machine.
- New Bradwell, was built specifically for railway workers. It has a working windmill. The level bed of the old tramway from Newport Pagnell to Wolverton ends here and has been converted to a redway, making it a favourite route for cycling.
- Great Linford appears in the Domesday Book as Linforde, and features a church to Saint Andrew dating from 1215. Today, the outer buildings of the seventeenth-century manor house form an Arts Centre, and Linford Manor is a prestigious recording studio.
- Milton Keynes: the original village with thatched pub, village hall, church and traditional housing is still evident.
- Stony Stratford has had a market since 1194.
- Walton village has the headquarters of the Open University.
- Willen has a Parish Church, dating back to 1680.
- The original Wolverton was a medieval settlement.
The parishes of the Borough of Milton Keynes:
- Bletchley and Fenny Stratford: Central Bletchley, Eaton Manor, Denbigh North,Fenny Stratford, Denbigh East, Denbigh West, Water Eaton
- Bradwell: Rooksley, Bradwell Common, Bradwell village, Heelands, Bradwell
- Bradwell Abbey: Bradwell Abbey, Two Mile Ash, Wymbush Kiln Farm, Stacey Bushes
- Broughton and Milton Keynes: Pineham, Broughton, Fox Milne, Middleton, Atterbury, Milton Keynes village, Brook Furlong, Northfield, Oakgrove
- Campbell Park: Campbell Park, Newlands, Oldbrook, Springfield, Willen and Willen Lake, Winterhill, Elfield Park, Fishermead
- Central Milton Keynes
- Great Linford: Great Linford, Tongwell, Willen Park, Neath Hill, Pennyland
- Kents Hill, Monkston and Brinklow: Brinklow, Kents Hill, Kingston, Monkston
- Loughton: Loughton, Loughton Lodge, the Bowl
- New Bradwell
- Shenley Brook End: Kingsmead, Shenley Brook End, Snelshall, Tattenhoe, Tattenhoe Park, Westcroft, Emerson Valley, Furzton
- Shenley Church End: Hazeley, Medbourne, Oakhill, Oxley, Shenley Church End, Woodhill, Crownhill, Grange Farm
- Simpson: Ashland, Simpson, West Ashland
- Stantonbury: Bradville, Linford Wood, Stantonbury, Stantonbury Fields, Bancroft/Bancroft Park, Blue Bridge
- Stony Stratford: Galley Hill, Stony Stratford, Fullers Slade
- Walton: Wavendon Gate, Caldecotte, Old Farm Park, Tilbrook, Tower Gate, Walnut Tree, Walton Hall, Walton Park, Brown's Wood, Walton
- West Bletchley: Whaddon, Church Green, Far Bletchley, Old Bletchley, West Bletchley, Bletchley Park
- Wolverton and Greenleys: Greenleys, Wolverton, Old Wolverton, Stonebridge
- Woughton: Eaglestone, Leadenhall, Netherfield, Coffee Hall, Peartree Bridge, Bleak Hall, Redmoor, Tinkers Bridge, Beanhill, Woughton on the Green
Nearby villages: Sherington, Emberton, Hanslope, Deanshanger, Soulbury
Nearby towns: Buckingham, Winslow, Bedford, Northampton, Aylesbury, Towcester, and Leighton Buzzard.
Have you decided to visit Milton Keynes or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Milton Keynes bed and breakfast (a Milton Keynes B&B or Milton Keynes b and b)
- a Milton Keynes guesthouse
- a Milton Keynes hotel (or motel)
- a Milton Keynes self-catering establishment, or
- other Milton Keynes accommodation